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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212647/an-interpretive-review-of-consensus-statements-on-clinical-guideline-development-and-their-application-in-the-field-of-traditional-and-complementary-medicine
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Jennifer Hunter, Matthew Leach, Lesley Braun, Alan Bensoussan
BACKGROUND: Despite ongoing consumer demand and an emerging scientific evidence-base for traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM), there remains a paucity of reliable information in standard clinical guidelines about their use. Often T&CM interventions are not mentioned, or the recommendations arising from these guidelines are unhelpful to end-users (i.e. patients, practitioners and policy makers). Insufficient evidence of efficacy may be a contributing factor; however, often informative recommendations could still be made by drawing on relevant information from other avenues...
February 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210366/blog-and-podcast-watch-cutaneous-emergencies
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Andrew Grock, Eric J Morley, Lynn Roppolo, Jay Khadpe, Felix Ankel, Michelle Lin
INTRODUCTION: The WestJEM Blog and Podcast Watch presents high quality open-access educational blogs and podcasts in emergency medicine (EM) based on the ongoing Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) and AIR-Professional series. Both series critically appraise resources using an objective scoring rubric. This installment of the Blog and Podcast Watch highlights the topic of cutaneous emergencies from the AIR series. METHODS: The AIR series is a continuously building curriculum that follows the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) annual testing schedule...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209517/inadvertent-hypothermia-and-mortality-in-critically-ill-adults-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Panagiotis Kiekkas, Fotini Fligou, Michael Igoumenidis, Nikolaos Stefanopoulos, Evangelos Konstantinou, Vasilios Karamouzos, Diamanto Aretha
OBJECTIVE: Considering that inadvertent hypothermia (IH) is common in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients and can be followed by severe complications, this systematic review identified, appraised and synthesized the published literature about the association between IH and mortality in adults admitted to the ICU. DATA SOURCES: By using key terms, literature searches were conducted in Pubmed, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Web of Science and EMBASE. REVIEW METHODS: According to PRISMA guidelines, articles published between 1980-2016 in English-language, peer-reviewed journals were considered...
February 13, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209496/uterine-leiomyosarcoma-epidemiology-contemporary-treatment-strategies-and-the-impact-of-uterine-morcellation
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Stephanie Ricci, Rebecca L Stone, Amanda N Fader
Leiomyosarcoma, a rare tumor subtype, accounts for 1% of all uterine malignancies, but contributes to a significant proportion of uterine cancer deaths. Surgery is considered the mainstay of treatment for all soft tissue sarcomas, including uterine variants. However, uterine leiomyosarcoma is challenging to diagnose preoperatively and can mimic the appearance of benign uterine leiomyomas. Recently, concerns have grown in this regard, as surgeons have utilized uterine morcellation and myomectomy procedures unknowingly in the setting of occult uterine sarcoma...
February 13, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209159/do-coursework-summative-assessments-predict-clinical-performance-a-systematic-review
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Rebecca Terry, Wayne Hing, Robin Orr, Nikki Milne
BACKGROUND: Two goals of summative assessment in health profession education programs are to ensure the robustness of high stakes decisions such as progression and licensing, and predict future performance. This systematic and critical review aims to investigate the ability of specific modes of summative assessment to predict the clinical performance of health profession education students. METHODS: PubMed, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, ERIC and EMBASE databases were searched using key terms with articles collected subjected to dedicated inclusion criteria...
February 16, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208569/re-a-critical-appraisal-of-continence-in-bladder-exstrophy-long-term-outcomes-of-the-complete-primary-repair
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Douglas A Canning
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207842/evaluating-evidence-based-health-care-teaching-and-learning-in-the-undergraduate-human-nutrition-occupational-therapy-physiotherapy-and-speech-language-and-hearing-therapy-programs-at-a-sub-saharan-african-academic-institution
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Anel Schoonees, Anke Rohwer, Taryn Young
BACKGROUND: It is important that all undergraduate healthcare students are equipped with evidence-based health care (EBHC) knowledge and skills to encourage evidence-informed decision-making after graduation. We assessed EBHC teaching and learning in undergraduate human nutrition (HN); occupational therapy (OT); physiotherapy (PT); and speech, language and hearing therapy (SPLH) programs at a sub-Saharan African university. METHODS: We used methodological triangulation to obtain a comprehensive understanding of EBHC teaching and learning: (1) through a document review of module guides, we identified learning outcomes related to pre-specified EBHC competencies; we conducted (2) focus group discussions and interviews of lecturers to obtain their perspectives on EBHC and on EBHC teaching and learning; and we (3) invited final year students (2013) and 2012 graduates to complete an online survey on EBHC attitudes, self-perceived EBHC competence, and their experience of EBHC teaching and learning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207583/critical-appraisal-of-observational-designs
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Brenda Quincy, Patricia Ragan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Physician Assistant Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207331/a-systematic-review-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-sexual-minorities
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Billy A Caceres, Abraham Brody, Rachel E Luscombe, Jillian E Primiano, Peter Marusca, Edward M Sitts, Deborah Chyun
BACKGROUND: Mental health and HIV disparities are well documented among sexual minorities, but there is a dearth of research on other chronic conditions. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Although sexual minorities have high rates of several modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (including stress, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption), there is a paucity of research in this area. OBJECTIVES: In this systematic review, we synthesized and critiqued the existing evidence on cardiovascular disease among sexual minority adults...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205034/laparoscopic-surgery-for-pancreatic-neoplasms-the-european-association-for-endoscopic-surgery-clinical-consensus-conference
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Bjørn Edwin, Mushegh A Sahakyan, Mohammad Abu Hilal, Marc G Besselink, Marco Braga, Jean-Michel Fabre, Laureano Fernández-Cruz, Brice Gayet, Song Cheol Kim, Igor E Khatkov
BACKGROUND: Introduced more than 20 years ago, laparoscopic pancreatic surgery (LAPS) has not reached a uniform acceptance among HPB surgeons. As a result, there is no consensus regarding its use in patients with pancreatic neoplasms. This study, organized by the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), aimed to develop consensus statements and clinical recommendations on the application of LAPS in these patients. METHODS: An international panel of experts was selected based on their clinical and scientific expertise in laparoscopic and open pancreatic surgery...
February 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202060/critically-appraised-topic-on-adverse-food-reactions-of-companion-animals-3-prevalence-of-cutaneous-adverse-food-reactions-in-dogs-and-cats
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Thierry Olivry, Ralf S Mueller
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of cutaneous adverse food reactions (CAFRs) in dogs and cats is not precisely known. This imprecision is likely due to the various populations that had been studied. Our objectives were to systematically review the literature to determine the prevalence of CAFRs among dogs and cats with pruritus and skin diseases. RESULTS: We searched two databases for pertinent references on August 18, 2016. Among 490 and 220 articles respectively found in the Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded) and CAB Abstract databases, we selected 22 and nine articles that reported data usable for CAFR prevalence determination in dogs and cats, respectively...
February 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201835/short-term-and-working-memory-treatments-for-improving-sentence-comprehension-in-aphasia-a-review-and-a-replication-study
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Christos Salis, Faustina Hwang, David Howard, Nicole Lallini
Although the roles of verbal short-term and working memory on spoken sentence comprehension skills in persons with aphasia have been debated for many years, the development of treatments to mitigate verbal short-term and working memory deficits as a way of improving spoken sentence comprehension is a new avenue in treatment research. In this article, we review and critically appraise this emerging evidence base. We also present new data from five persons with aphasia of a replication of a previously reported treatment that had resulted in some improvement of spoken sentence comprehension in a person with aphasia...
February 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197788/self-care-of-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-meta-synthesis
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REVIEW
Marco Clari, Maria Matarese, Dhurata Ivziku, Maria Grazia De Marinis
BACKGROUND: Self-care in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve health-related quality of life, reduce hospital admissions and decrease dyspnoea. OBJECTIVE: This review aimed to systematically identify, evaluate and synthesise the qualitative literature on the self-care behaviours and strategies used by people with COPD. METHODS: The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) meta-aggregative method was followed. An electronic search of six relevant databases was conducted...
February 14, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196525/drug-based-pain-management-for-people-with-dementia-after-hip-or-pelvic-fractures-a-systematic-review
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Kai Moschinski, Silke Kuske, Silke Andrich, Astrid Stephan, Irmela Gnass, Erika Sirsch, Andrea Icks
BACKGROUND: Studies indicate that people with dementia do not receive the same amount of analgesia after a hip or pelvic fracture compared to those without cognitive impairment. However, there is no systematic review that shows to what extent drug-based pain management is performed for people with dementia following a hip or pelvic fracture. The aim of this systematic review was to identify and analyse studies that investigate drug-based pain management for people with dementia with a hip or pelvic fracture in all settings...
February 14, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193375/the-science-of-quality-improvement
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REVIEW
Jason N Itri, Eric Bakow, Linda Probyn, Nadja Kadom, Phuong-Anh T Duong, Lori Mankowski Gettle, Mishal Mendiratta-Lala, Elena P Scali, Ronald S Winokur, Matthew E Zygmont, Justin W Kung, Andrew B Rosenkrantz
Scientific rigor should be consistently applied to quality improvement (QI) research to ensure that healthcare interventions improve quality and patient safety before widespread implementation. This article provides an overview of the various study designs that can be used for QI research depending on the stage of investigation, scope of the QI intervention, constraints on the researchers and intervention being studied, and evidence needed to support widespread implementation. The most commonly used designs in QI studies are quasi-experimental designs...
March 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192444/barriers-to-early-presentation-and-diagnosis-of-breast-cancer-among-african-women-living-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Cynthia Pomaa Akuoko, Ernestina Armah, Theresa Sarpong, Dan Yedu Quansah, Isaac Amankwaa, Daniel Boateng
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer (BC) has been described as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women especially in the developing world including sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Delayed presentation and late diagnosis at health facilities are parts of the contributing factors of high BC mortality in Africa. This review aimed to appraise the contributing factors to delayed breast cancer presentation and diagnosis among SSA women. METHODS: Five databases encompassing medical and social sciences were systematically searched using predefined search terms linked with breast cancer presentation and diagnosis and sub Saharan Africa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192263/cholesterol-reducing-agents-for-treatment-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-haemorrhage-systematic-review-and-meta-analyses-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
T Akhigbe, A Zolnourian, D Bulters
BACKGROUND: Aneurysmal haemorrhage induced cerebral vasospasm; DIND, poor neurological outcome and mortality are major causes of mortality and morbidity. The effects of cholesterol lowering agents in these patients remain controversial. This up to date systematic review and meta-analyses aimed to evaluate the efficacy of statin use in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage METHODS: Systematic review of literature conducted using electronic database searched up to September 2016 included Cochrane Central Register of Controlled trials in the Cochrane library, Medline, Embase and Science Citation Index Expanded database to identify relevant studies...
February 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191449/the-quest-for-mindful-sleep-a-critical-synthesis-of-the-impact-of-mindfulness-based-interventions-for-insomnia
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Sheila N Garland, Eric S Zhou, Brian D Gonzalez, Nicole Rodriguez
Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) for insomnia and sleep disturbances are receiving increasing clinical and research attention. This paper provides a critical appraisal of this growing area investigating the application of MBIs for people with insomnia and sleep disturbance. First, we discuss the theoretical justification for how mindfulness meditation practice may affect sleep processes. Second, we provide a focused review of literature published between January 1, 2012 and April 1, 2016 examining the impact of MBIs on sleep, broken down by whether insomnia or sleep disturbance was a primary or secondary outcome...
September 2016: Current Sleep Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191040/moisturisers-for-the-treatment-of-foot-xerosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Justin Parker, Rolf Scharfbillig, Sara Jones
BACKGROUND: Xerosis, literally dryness of the skin, of the foot is a common condition encountered clinically, which can lead to discomfort and predisposition to infection. Currently, there are no evidence-based recommendations on which moisturiser formulations best alleviate xerotic symptoms. The aim of this review was to guide clinical practice in the treatment of primary and diabetes related foot xerosis, by identifying from the existing literature the most effective ingredient or formulation of topical treatments for symptoms of primary foot xerosis in the general population...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190526/focused-assessment-with-sonography-for-trauma-fast-versus-multidetector-computed-tomography-in-hemodynamically-stable-emergency-patients
#20
R Fornell Pérez
This critically appraised topic (CAT) study aims to evaluate the quality and extent of the scientific evidence that supports the use of focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) versus multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in hemodynamically stable trauma patients in the emergency room. An efficient search of the literature yielded several recent articles with a high level of evidence. The CAT study concludes that FAST is an acceptable initial imaging test in hemodynamically stable patients, although its performance is limited in certain circumstances...
February 10, 2017: Radiología
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